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Technology Focus How will Virtual Reality change the railway for staff and passengers

Virtual Reality (VR) is an interactive 3D computer-generated simulated environment, incorporating visuals, audio, and other sensory feedback in order to immerse the user.

Virtual Reality is in the late stages of commercial implementation: most advancements in the field are iterations on existing commercial products. Early adopters of VR in the rail sector have used the technology for evacuation training and PTI research. Recently, a VR model of Liverpool Lime Street Station was used to facilitate construction and renovation planning. RSSB are currently developing a VR tool for understanding crowd behaviour at the PTI.

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